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The Bay Area is no stranger to the sun-soaked melodies, breezy tropical beats, and punchy horns of Afro-Cuban pop and jazz. When visas were easier to come by a few years back, bands like Los Van Van, Cubanismo!, and the…
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Hear This

Of all the Cuban music celebrities to emerge out of Wim Wenders' landmark documentary Buena Vista Social Club, vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer may have made the deepest impression, especially on audiences unfamiliar with his long history at the heart of Cuban…
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Music, Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

God bless Ry Cooder for the Buena Vista Social Club. But not, mind you, because Cooder actually had much to do musically with the success of their landmark 1997 album. Cooder's guitar heroics were overshadowed on that album by the…
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Afro-Cuban All Stars

Afro-Cuban All Stars "Distinto, Diferente" (World Circuit) By now you know the heartwarming story of the Buena Vista Social Club: American guitarist goes to Cuba, locates almost-forgotten elder statesmen of classic Cuban music, records album, watches album become worldwide smash.…
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Review

Eliades Ochoa Sublime Illusion (Higher Octave Music) It isn't hard to like Buena Vista Social Club, the enchantingly sensual collaboration between Ry Cooder and some of Cuba's legendary-but-almost-forgotten musicians that went on to become an unexpected worldwide smash. And…
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